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Lynne Thigpen Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 623 students

 

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Posted January 21, 2014

The kids in my son s 3rd grade class are not bullies YET. They are however starting to show signs of bullying such as being out of the teachers control and swearing. What kind of 3rd graders do this?? I also agree with the math curriculum being a complete joke. Since when do we show our children to count backwards! And my god send these kids home with some homework for god sake! They send my 3rd grader with a packet for the whole week .read 20 mins everyday and a math or reading worksheet maybe twice a week smh
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

Early 2013 I was in search for a new home. There weren t many bad reviews so I felt comfortable buying a home by Thigpen. I was utterly mistaken. Since my initial search in May, there have been 5 new (BAD) reviews and they pretty much tell it all. After being in this school for 6 months, I ve taken my son out and am registering him in a private school. The principal needs a new carreer choice. After meeting with her in the beginning of the school year for verbal bullying, she stated that they do not make parents aware of bullying unless it s ongoing. This is ridiculous. My son has been constantly bullied but I guess since it s different kids everytime, it s not ongoing. Finally he was physically abused by a 5th grader (he s in 3rd) for not giving up his bracelet. He was then threatened to be beaten up everyday. This was 5 days ago. Not only did the principal not notify me when she became aware of the incident, but she won t call me back to talk about this. I don t know how this was handled, nor if the bully s parents were even made aware. I am FURIOUS with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Lynne Thigpen Elementary needs help! My son was excelling in New Lenox schools. Its been downhill since we had to move back to Joliet, The kids are downright mean and the school does nothing about bullying!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This is my sons second year at Thigpen and i hate the school. It is very unorganized. There is a lack of communication and the people in the office are idiots. Mrs Beech seems to be the only one in the office that seems to care and take her job seriously. My son is bored in his classroom. He doesn't bring home schoolwork at all. What he does constantly bring home is fundraisers to make his school money. I'm more concerned with y'all actually teaching my kid something than to build your dam playground!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

My son attended this school for 4 years; ever since Kindergarten. This school is an EPIC FAIL! and I finally said enough is enough this past school year and we took him out of this school. The homework that he was bringing home from 3rd grade lacked instructions which made it difficult to help him complete. Additionally, I questioned the teacher on the mathematics curriculum and she barely could explain the regrouping method that is being used instead of the normal adding and subtracting that most parents teach their children. I explained that if she could barely explain it to me, then how could my son understand it enough to show me what he doesn't understand about it. The teacher went on to blame the principal for the new curriculum. The communication is very weak at this school also, if the kids have a day off, a phone call or a memo should be sent out as a reminder but this school doesn't send out anything and mainly calls you to remind you about market day or cookie order pick-ups. There are far too many disconnects at this school to name. Do not send your child here unless you want them to fail
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

This was my son's first year in Lynne Thigpen and I had the pleasure of Mrs. Stephanie Hawkins to be his teacher. I was greatly concerned about his academics coming from a school in Indiana which had a better standing and testing averages than Thigpen. Mrs. Hawkins was great- she identified the areas in which my son needed improvement, Mrs. Hawkins and the schools reading (Title 1) consulars developed a plan to help my son to improve. I really like the school, the staff, and the principal they really care about the students and their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

Ms. Gordan is a great principle and cares for the well being of each and every student. The office staff is very hands on and helpful. The teachers I have encountered truly care about teaching and helping the students and recognizing and problems. They assist with you getting the help you need to help your child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2010

There are some quality teachers at thigpen but then there are some who wonder aimlessly. I've dealt with both. The negitive far outweighs the positive in this building. I HATED that there is no official library, Art or music rooms. Lack of orginization is a major issue when it comes time for holiday programs, begining or end of school. Parking ia a nightmare at events. the bus system being run by a seperate company outside of the school district is a no no in my eyes. There are severe issues in this school acidemicly & safetly wise. After sending my children here for 2 years I decided to leave the area so they can be given a quality education. SO glad I did before it was too late, They have caught on perfecty at their new school where they are learning new challenging work every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

My children are not learning anything! My 4th grade has brought home several of the same spelling words as my 2nd grader! That is a HUGE concern. I do think that Thigpen is trying, but I can't wait around until they get it right.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students26%
Female27%
Male26%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White32%
Low income27%
Non-low income25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female48%
Male41%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income46%
Non-low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students32%
Female36%
Male29%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Low income32%
Non-low income32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female48%
Male35%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Low income36%
Non-low income52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female61%
Male59%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income53%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students42%
Female40%
Male44%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income43%
Non-low income39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female49%
Male42%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income47%
Non-low income39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 36% 18%
Hispanic 33% 23%
White 22% 51%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Joliet, IL 60436
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